Broncos in the Olympics

Mary McConneloug ’93, Brandi Chastain ’91, Aly Wagner ’02, and Kelly Crowley ’99 all earn spots in Athens.

Mary McConneloug ’93

She was the only American woman to compete in Olympic mountain biking in Athens and finished ninth overall in the Olympic finals. She earned a bachelor of music in vocal performance at SCU. She is one of several U.S. mountain bikers featured in the forthcoming documentary, “Off Road to Athens,” which chronicles the competition for a spot on the Olympic team. McConneloug didn’t start mountain bike racing until her late 20s and wasn’t considered an elite rider until a few years ago.

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Brandi Chastain ’91

A veteran of the inaugural Women’s World Cup team in 1991, Chastain 36, was part of this year’s gold-medal winning team in Athens. She was also on the team when it won gold in 1996. She may be best remembered as the hero of the 1999 World Cup shootout. After converting the winning penalty shot against China, she took off her jersey in celebration and revealed her sports bra. (See “Hit the Books” for information on her new book, It’s Not About the Bra.) Chastain is married to SCU women’s soccer head coach Jerry Smith and has worked as a Bronco assistant coach.

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Aly Wagner ’02

Wagner was Chastain’s teammate on the gold medal-winning women’s soccer team. While at SCU, Wagner won the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player and helped Santa Clara to two straight championship matches, including the school’s first national title in women’s soccer in 2001.

She was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 WUSA draft by the San Diego Spirit and was named to the All-WUSA Second Team that year.

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Kelly Crowley ’99

The part-time staff member in SCU’s Environmental Studies Institute won two medals in six events at the Paralympics in Athens, including helping the United States to a gold medal in the individual medley relay. She also had two fourth-place finishes. SCU’s 1999 valedictorian was profiled in the Fall 2004 issue of Santa Clara Magazine..

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